Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Eva Whalen


Adjusting to the back-to-school grind and being well prepared for it is now covered, thanks to Seagate Technology, Hammacher Schlemmer, and Briggs & Riley. From alarm clocks to hard drives and backpacks, here are some top-grade offerings:

Hammacher Schlemmer’s iPod Docking Projection Alarm Clock Radio not only plays your own music and casts the time on your wall or ceiling in large digits, Batman-style, but will also report the current outdoor temperature. Holy Toledo, it’s time to wake up! Choose to either be roused by your iPod tunes or wake to the AM/FAM station of your choice. This fully-loaded alarm clock can run on batteries or plug power. Not only will you and your slumbering brood wake in style, but you’ll know how to dress for the weather before even leaving your bed. Find it at

Savvy students protect and share their projects, music, photos, videos and documents on Seagate’s new portable Maxtor USB-powered Hard Drive, available in capacities of 250GB or 320GB. Easy to use, quick, and secure, the Maxtor offers space for 5,330 hours of digital music, 102,400 digital photos, 320 hours of digital video, 160 video games, or 80 two-hour movies. Choose between Topaz, Cobalt and Granite, and find them at Best Buy stores. They’re so smart.

Ever wish there was a backpack with organizer pockets, to separate your child’s books, snacks, shoes, and projects? It has finally materialized with the Briggs & Riley Family Backpack in the Baseline collection. Compartments are sized perfectly and ideal for both school and travel. This durable backpack is also perfect for toting baby items like diapers, wipes, blankets and toys. Large side pockets on both sides of the pack keep items such as action figures and snacks at the ready, and brace yourself for this: inside there’s an insulated hot/cold bag as well as a SpeedThru pocket for fast security checks. You’re good to go! Snap one up at

The Nike Core L Backpack is a solid option for back-to-school toting. Sturdy and packed with extras,, it features a laptop sleeve, computer storage area, dual zippers, front zippered organizer section, cell phone pocket, cord portal, adjustable and comfortable strap, and a customized fit. Bonus: it’s also surprisingly affordable. See its range of colors at

As all good students know, success is merely opportunity meeting preparation. With these items, you’re already halfway there.

Originally published September 2008



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